How We Work

AOP is a secular, independent, non-government organisation that focuses on evidence-based development to help communities break the poverty cycle for good.

We take a rights-based approach to poverty reduction. This means we work to address the underlying causes of poverty, not just its effects. This approach also ensures that the benefits of development are shared equally, especially among vulnerable groups such as women and ethnic minorities.

We believe that equipping local people with the skills they need to make long-term change is the most effective way to alleviate poverty. We work with in-country partners who have the knowledge and experience needed to broker relationships and deliver culturally-appropriate projects. We also mentor these organisations in key areas such as policy and finance so they have greater capacity to drive local development in the long-term.

The way we work is underpinned by our four strategic directions:

1. Programs

We deliver innovative and high quality programs, which build inclusive, sustainable communities better able to tackle poverty and injustice. With 50 years of experience, we know that working with trusted local partners is the most effective way of alleviating poverty. We work in countries where  we have strong connections, and direct knowledge of the development context. As a small organisation, we focus on activities that will make the most of our resources, while also seeking out new opportunities to address poverty.

2. Partnerships

We forge partnerships that add value to our work, and contribute to reducing extreme poverty. Our partnerships stretch beyond our in-country partners, and include our donors, Australian supporters, community members, research institutions, other development agencies, and national and local governments. We constantly evaluate and strengthen relationships with partners to ensure that we are delivering the most cost-effective, high quality programs.

Read more about our partners or find out about partnering with us.

3. Engagement

We inspire Australians (and people around the world) to take action on poverty by facilitating informed conversations about what we can all do to address this complex issue. By sharing our stories with the public, we strive to educate people on the importance of international development. We also encourage Australians to volunteerfundraise, advocate, and share their passion for tackling global poverty with their communities.

4. Sustainability

Good people, efficient systems, and professional standards are the foundations of our organisation. We believe that building our own capacity is key to delivering effective development. We are committed to learning, innovation, and investment in our own team. This ensures that we are up-to-date on best practice, deliver on our promises to partners, and manage our own resources efficiently, while continuing to grow our platform to attract more supporters.